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Bernheim Artist in Residence Program

Bernheim accepts applications between November 1st and Janaury 15th.

For current application information: http://bernheim.org/programs/arts-in-nature-program/the-four-art-program...

The Arts in Nature program provides a vital platform for innovative experimentation, becoming a part of the entire ecosystem of Bernheim, inspiring our deep connections with nature. As part of the Arts in Nature program, the Artist in Residence Program promotes multi-disciplinary explorations of our relationship with the natural environment through artistic expression, expanding upon Bernheim’s long history of art in the landscape. The Artist in Residence Program is available to all visual artists in any medium. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level. Artists are encouraged to use this residency to further investigate, experiment, and explore avenues in their work. Bernheim is most interested in work that furthers expands the artist’s practice and the interplay between visual art and the natural world. The program enhances the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists.

Bernheim will provide living quarters and studio space for the recipient in exchange for a sculpture, artwork, a site-specific sculpture, temporary installation or project as a donation to the Bernheim.

The residency must include some form of public engagement. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals that include suggested forms of public engagement that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of “connecting people with nature” and extending that mission with communities within and beyond Bernheim’s physical borders.

The recipient is required to live and work at Bernheim for a minimum of six weeks to two months and up to four months. Bernheim will provide comfortable housing in a beautiful wooded setting, plus a honorarium of $2,500.00. Project materials may be provided or funded depending on the proposed project. Travel and other expenses are not included. The recipient will donate one or more pieces produced during the residency to Bernheim for its use. If it is tangible work, it will become part of the Bernheim Art Collection. Recipients will also be asked to interact with the public, which may include but is not limited to participating in interactive works, the development of or the making of the work, workshops and/or lectures, participating in CONNECT, or other Bernheim programs. (Please see www.bernheim.org for descriptions of programs, research and events.) Bernheim and the recipient will reach an agreement together regarding the work to be donated and the proposed public interaction.

Location

Clermont, Kentucky: United States

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is located approximately 20 miles south of Louisville. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve located 20 minutes from the Louisville airport in Kentucky. Bernheim, founded in 1929 by philanthropist Isaac Wolfe Bernheim, opened to the public in 1950. More than 250,000 visitors connect with nature annually, by enjoying over 32 miles of hiking trails, a Canopy Tree Walk, a Children’s Play Garden, year-round educational programs and special events. Bernheim, steward to 14,500 acres of natural forest, includes a nationally recognized, 600-acre arboretum designed by the landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted. See Bernheim.org for more information.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 6 weeks to 4 months. Some artists also come for long weekends through out year.
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 60

Eligibility

  • Application deadline: January 15

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Past residents include Ray Metzker, Christopher Burkett, Lynn Geesaman, Karl Ciesluk, Ludwika Ogorzelec, Barbara Cooper, Hirumo Saiki, Yvonne Mullock, Julie Oldham, Todd Smith, Stephen Ausherman, Heike Endemann, Mei-ling Hom, Svryna Lupien, Firat Erdim, Myung Gyun You, Don Pollack, David Sharpe, and others.
I can't tell how life changing my experience at Bernheim was, it really changed the whole way I made work. It holds a very special place in my heart and whenever I apply for things, it's a whole body of work I still refer to.
— Yvonne Mullock
Bernheim began the visiting artist program in 1980. The early artists in residence were primarily photographers, but as contemporary art making practices grew and Bernheim grew and evolved, we decided that we could include artists who work directly within nature or science, in order to connect more visitors with nature through art.
— Martha Winans Slaughter

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    The Artist Cabin is a studio apartment with a wood burning fireplace, airconditioning and heat. There is a fully equipped galley kitchen, wifi and it is located in the arboretum.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    In addition to a kitchen to make meals, there is a cafe open from 11-4 which offers soups, salads, sandwiches and seasonal fare.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed
    Partners, spouses or teams may stay as long as they are part of the art-making practice.
  • Accessibility: no
    The studio and the arboretum are accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Painting, Photography (digital), Sculpture, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Artist Studio is located on the edge of a 45 acre lake. It has good light and heat. The is no special art making equipment.
  • Other facilities and services: The horticulture and operations departments, as well as staff ecologists, scientists, naturalists and forest managers are supportive of the Arts in Nature program. They are able to provide guidance and support of Artist in Residence projects.

Stipends / other support

The recipient is required to live and work at Bernheim for a minimum of six weeks to two months and up to four months. Bernheim will provide comfortable housing in a beautiful wooded setting, plus a honorarium of $2,500.00. Project materials may be provided or funded depending on the proposed project. Travel and other expenses are not included.

Additional expectations / opportunities

The residency must include some form of public engagement. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals that include suggested forms of public engagement that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of “connecting people with nature” and extending that mission with communities within and beyond Bernheim’s physical borders.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 130
Clermont, Kentucky 40110
United States
Tel: (502) 955-8512